Rain or Shine got off to a flying start in the 2018 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup, thanks to the steady leadership provided by veteran guard Chris Tiu.
The 32-year-old Tiu averaged all-around numbers of 14 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.0 rebounds as Rain or Shine opened the mid-season conference with victories over Alaska and crowd darling Barangay Ginebra, respectively to become the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week.
The former Ateneo playmaker had 18 points, six assists, and three rebounds in a productive night to complement hulking import Reggie Johnson’s monster debut as Rain or Shine outlasted a fighting Alaska squad, 109-103, in overtime last Friday.
The former Ateneo guard showed no signs of slowing down as two days later, he provided solid numbers of 10 rebounds, seven assists, and four rebounds to help the Elasto Painters turn what was expected to be a tight contest into a ghastly rout of the Kings, 108-89.
A one-time PBA 3-Point champion, Tiu bested teammate Raymond Almazan, along with TNT guards Jayson Castro, Terrence Romero, and Jericho Cruz for the weekly citation for the period of April 22-29.